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Proposed Changes to “Public Charge” Hurt California Children

October 10, 2018 — Today the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published proposed changes to factors used in determining eligibility for legal permanent residency in the U.S., by considering immigrant families’ use of non-cash public programs, like CalFresh, Medi-Cal, and Section 8 housing vouchers as part of “public charge.”

These proposed changes would have a dramatic impact on the health and well-being of countless California families who contribute to our economy and who deserve a chance to succeed and thrive, not just survive.

Early Edge California along with 1,500 other organizations have signed a statement opposing the proposed changes. 

How You Can Show Your Opposition:

Submit your comments today in the Federal Register 

Help inform our immigrant communities about these proposed changes so that families understand their rights. The following organizations provide helpful resources about the effects that the proposed changes would have on immigrant families’ access to services:

Immigrant Legal Resource Center – Provides comprehensive overview of Public Charge

National Immigration Law Center – How to Talk About Public Charge with Immigrants and Their Families

California Food Policy Advocates – Impact that changes to public charge would have on California families. This organization also provides suggested comments to enter in the register.

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